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Monday, September 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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GVD Commercial buys CompUSA building

Spokane developer Jerry Dicker has added the former CompUSA building to his company’s roster of downtown properties.


Retail sales up nearly everywhere but Spokane

Retail sales increased in most metro areas of Washington last year, but they declined in Spokane. Taxable retail sales in the city slid 1.2 percent in 2011, to $3.6 billion, …


Boise gets Nordstrom Rack

BOISE – Has the city without a Nordstrom finally ended its sad distinction? This is Boise, where shoppers used to pack buses bound for the Nordstrom store in Ogden, Utah, …


Idaho finally gets a Nordstrom store

On Thursday, the first Nordstrom store in the state of Idaho opened.


Best Buy to cut costs and close stores

Best Buy Co. said it plans to close 50 U.S. big box stores and open 100 small mobile locations in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and cut $800 million in …


End of world? Zombie apocalypse? Retailers have goods for you

“TEOTWAWKI.” Survivalists – or “preppers,” as they refer to one another – immediately recognize those initials as standing for “the end of the world as we know it.”


Old Country Buffet closes 2 Spokane restaurants

The last two Old Country Buffet restaurants in Spokane County have closed as part of the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization.


Last-minute holiday shopping gives lift in finale

The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons split by a big lull.


Sears to close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears stores

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores after poor sales during the holidays, the most crucial time of year for retailers.


Seasonal hiring brings down unemployment rate

Seasonal hiring of educators and retail workers helped push Spokane County’s unemployment rate down last month. It fell to 8.3 percent in October, down from September’s revised rate of 8.4 …


Grocery Outlet opens new location downtown

A Grocery Outlet discount store is opening Thursday in downtown Spokane, bringing a new choice for customers in an area with few supermarkets but plenty of residents. It will join …


Empty Safeway will reopen as Grocery Outlet

The empty Safeway supermarket on West Third in Spokane will reopen this fall as a Grocery Outlet store.


DirectBuy’s Spokane showroom has closed

The Spokane showroom of DirectBuy, a nationwide, members-only shopping club, closed this week. A spokeswoman at DirectBuy’s Indiana headquarters, however, said the company is trying to find a new showroom …


DirectBuy’s Spokane showroom has closed

The Spokane showroom of DirectBuy, a nationwide, members-only shopping club, closed this week. A spokeswoman at DirectBuy’s Indiana headquarters, however, said the company is trying to find a new showroom …


Trader Joe’s headed to South Hill

Trader Joe’s, a nationwide chain that’s created a legion of food-loving fans, announced it will open its first Spokane store next year.


Local retailers ready to cure shoppers’ ‘frugality fatigue’

Penn Fix, president of Dodson’s Jewelers in downtown Spokane, just finished a good week. On Tuesday a customer visited his family-owned jewelry store and left after buying a $14,000 diamond …


Permits reveal Apple’s plan for downtown Spokane store

Trend-setting retailer Apple Inc. is listed as the tenant on city building permits that indicate the company will move into the space vacated by Eddie Bauer in downtown Spokane.


Valley Trading Company has lighter, brighter look

The Trading Company store at McDonald Road and Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley finished an interior remodel last month. The work, which began in early December, focused on making the …


Thrift store also a place of refuge

When Renee Wolf left her old life on the West Coast to start fresh in North Idaho, leaving behind a violent ex-husband, she vowed to help any domestic abuse victim …


Crazy shopping day proves manageable

Tammy Fuller didn’t have any Christmas shopping left to do Saturday.


November numbers mildly disappointing for retailers

WASHINGTON – The hordes of Black Friday shoppers weren’t enough to save retailers from dispiriting November sales, according to company data released Thursday. About 30 national chains reported monthly sales …


Economy doesn’t deter bargain hunters

Shoppers by the thousands shrugged off spending worries in the wee morning hours this and grabbed discounted merchandise ranging from big-screen televisions to socks.


Rush starts as holiday shopping season revs up

The nation’s retailers are ushering in the traditional start of the holiday shopping season with expanded hours and deep discounts on everything from toys to TVs to lure crowds of …


Stores strategize in light of last year’s difficult holiday season

Retailers across the region have just one wish: Whatever else happens, please spare us a winter like last year. Consumers are still in a cautious state of mind, but store …


Retail sales rise 1.4 percent in October

Retail sales rose more than expected in October due largely to a big rebound in auto sales. But broader consumer spending remains under pressure, raising questions about the durability of …


2Q retail sales dropped 14 percent in Washington

The state Department of Revenue says taxable retail sales in Washington declined to $25 billion in the second quarter of this year, a 14 percent drop from the same period …


South Hill group bows out of fight against big retailers

A neighborhood vote this week smooths the way for the biggest retail center the South Hill has seen in decades, if not ever. The Southgate Neighborhood Council ended its long …


Retail sales drop in Spokane County, most others

Only seven of 39 Washington counties reported gains in total retail sales for the first quarter of 2009, compared to last year.


So far, summer’s a retail bummer

NEW YORK — As consumers get ready to celebrate July Fourth, many merchants already have dismissed summer as a washout. Macy’s flagship store has racks of summer tops, swimwear and …


Retailer closing NorthTown store

The Anchor Blue store at NorthTown Mall is among 46 stores the chain announced Friday it will close. Inventory liquidations at the stores began Friday and will continue until all …